Profile and scope
Main aim of the conference is to bring together Greek and international scholars dealing with the history and historiography of religion. What primarily interests us is religion as a historiographical field. We aim to “chart” the development of the historiography of religion as well as to pinpoint dominant and emergent interpretive trends in the current historiography of the religious phenomenon. Historiographical debates on religious issues (such as, among others, the historiography of the Reformation) were often an intrinsic part of the broader religious question; subsequently, we are also interested in historians of religion and the ways their interpretive approaches interacted with confrontation on the confessional front.
Our starting point is Late Antiquity, particularly the coexistence (rivarly, syncretism) between paganism and the monotheist religions. We extend our field of discussion to modernity since it is in the longue duree that crucial turning points, continuities and discontinuities, are highlighted.
Invited scholars are not only experts in religious history but have also a strong interest in the historiography of the multifaceted religious phenomenon.
Time and place
The conference Religion and Historiography, Late Antiquity – 20th century will be held in the Saratsi Amphitheatre, of the Papastratos Campus of the University of Thessaly, in Volos, Greece, between 30 June and 2 July 2006.
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